Tribute paid to local Victoria Cross hero

September 04 2017

THE Lord Mayor of Bristol, Frome Vale Councillor Lesley Alexander, has commemorated a war hero who is buried in Greenbank Cemetery.

THE Lord Mayor of Bristol, Frome Vale Councillor  Lesley Alexander, has commemorated a war hero who is buried in Greenbank Cemetery.

She unveiled a paving stone at St Peter's Church in Castle Park in memory of Frederick Room who was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the face of the enemy on October 17, 1917.

Horfield-born Room was an acting Lance-Corporal in the 2nd Battalion of the The Royal Irish Regiment of the British Army during the First World War. On August 16, 1917, at Frezenberg, Belgium, the Regiment was holding a line of shell-holes and short trenches and had suffered many casualties. Room, just 22 at the time, was in charge of a company of stretcher bearers. He worked continuously under intense fire, dressing the wounded and helping to evacuate them. 

After a long illness, Frederick Room died in hospital in Bristol on 19 January 1932, aged 36. He is buried at Greenbank Cemetery.

Cllr Alexander was joined by Peaches Golding, Bristol's Lord Lieutenant, representatives from the Armed Forces, civic invitees and Room’s family.

She said: “We all owe a massive debt to our service men and women, both past and present. I am proud that, as a city, we have an opportunity to remember and honour Frederick Room and seven other local men.”

Frederick Room’s stone is the third of eight stones in Bristol, being laid in honour of those that have been awarded a Victoria Cross and were connected to the city. Each stone will be laid on the 100th anniversary of the heroic action recognised.